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Program is Captioned Live. Murder charge, a case that's haunted Queenslanders for years

goes to court. Third World health for some amid the

of WA's mining boom. We've got

sick people to care for. Kept

on a leash, Norway's mass

murderer retraces his rampage.

And snow where they've never

seen it, a polar blast gives New Zealand the shivers. I

don't I don't own any pants.

Hello, welcome to ABC News

across Australia, I'm Ros Childs. The local share market is steaming ahead.

The man accused of killing

schoolboy Daniel Morcombe has

appeared in court in Brisbane.

He was arrested over the

weekend after a police hunt

that's lasted nearly 8 years.

Daniel Morcombe disappeared

just before Christmas in 2003

There are legal restrictions while waiting for a bus. The

covering details of the accused

man. Reporter Imogen Brennan

Court for the was in the Brisbane Magistrates

appearance. What we can say Court for the brief

about this man is he's a

41-year-old man and he's been

charged with 5 offences in

relation to the murder of Daniel

Daniel Morcombe. There was a coronial inquest into the disappearance of Daniel

Morcombe 8 years ago and that's

been happening this year and we

33 persons of interest in the can say that he was one of the

coronial inquest has been

hearing from but that's all we

can say in relation to the man

accused of Daniel's murder at

this stage. Daniel Morcombe's

parents stayed away from the

court what has been a harrowing

8 years since their son

disappeared but who was

there? That's right, Denise and Bruce Morcombe, Daniel's parents, said yesterday they weren't sure what could be

appearance. As I've said, gained by attending

they've already seen the

accused man during the coronial

inquest and they thought that

it may just bring too much pain

for them to attend today. There was a huge media presence in

the courtroom and that court

session only lasted about 5 minutes in which the accused

man sat in a brown prison

jumper and jeans. He wasn't

handcuffed and he sat in silence throughout the progression of that court hearing. Just remind us of the

details of Daniel disappearance. Daniel Morcombe details of Daniel Morcombe's disappeared 8 years ago while

he was waiting for a bus on the

Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast. Now, there's

been a huge media interest

surrounding this case. It was

in fact the Queensland police's biggest missing person's

inquiry in its history. So the

search for Daniel's remains is

continuing today in dense

bushland on the Sunshine Coast. And of course this case has resonated so

people of Queensland, hasn't

it? It has, yes. It has been

the biggest missing search and people have really the biggest missing person's

felt for Bruce and Denise

Morcombe and yesterday we saw

them give such a brave media

address about the case an the

progression and how the family

is coping so we are expecting

them to address the media again

today shortly. Mim Jen -

Imogen, thank you. As we Daniel Morcombe's parents were

not in court today for the appearance of the man charged

with their son's murder but

Bruce and Denise Morcombe are speaking go there now. Sopt speaking in Maroochydore, let's

Premier's representatives from the

Premier's Department and we

would really encourage that to

come to fruition because at the

end of the day the foundation

over the journey has just been

from private donations and

sponsorship and the selling of

merchandise which is pretty

hard yards and truly if it

not for the generous donation

of businessmen on the coast to

pay the rent here, we actually would have run out of would have run out of money

some months ago and the some months ago

foundation logic ally would

have folded or been in limbo

for that time. The funds are

not lined with cash and, you

know, sorry, I'll start that

again. Our pockets are not

lined with cash. We need

ongoing financial support and

you know, if it's government sanctioned truly

a tremendous blessing to continue our work. A

41-year-old man in court today, in Brisbane court, obviously you can't say too much about

that but does that bring a

relief that after 7.5 years

that someone's answering to

this? Yeah, look, to put nit a

single word like relief is probably not quite right. I

treat it as a milestone. It's

something we've worked

extremely hard to get to that

point. You know, there's many, many groups of people such the media, the police, the coroner's office. Bruce Denise Morcombe there speaking Denise Morcombe coroner's office. Bruce and

about the court appearance of

the man accused of killing

their son Daniel. He was

backing farmers, now he's

backing miners too. Either way

Tony Abbott is backing away

from an alliance with the

Greens on the issue of coal

seam gas exploration. The Opposition Leader is still

trying to clear up policy

confusion over the rights of

farmers to veto on their land. The confusion at

one point looked to draw the

Coalition into rare agreement

with the Greens but Mr Abbott

insists that's not to be. insists that's not to

Political reporter George Roberts reports from Canberra.

Back in town and time to

talk. Just get my bags and say

a few words. The Greens deny

they're trying to wedge Tony

Abbott into a corner to back

farmers over gas exploration. So this is simply

an attempt, and we hope to have

this, the support of both parties on

more rights to protest their

ability to grow food into the future. The Coalition won't

support the Greens. We don't

going to support the Greens support the Greens. We're not

because the Greens are just

against mining full stop. Last

week he was backing farmers. If

you don't want something to

happen on your land you ought

to have a right to say no. This week

week it's more like a bet both

position. We support the mining ways. That's the

industry but we don't want to

destroyed. Tony Abbott might be see prime agricultural land

closing the door on the Green's

legislation but others in the

Coalition aren't so

sure. You're happy to have a

chat to them. Happy to have a

meeting with them but I look at

my diary even right now and

there's no meeting being

organised by Bob Brown or any

other member of the

Greens. Senator Brown's still

hoping Green's interests will

align. There's a little bit of

the same discomfort in the

opposite direction but we're working here on the national

interest, on the interests of

farmers on the land, not on

whether Tony Abbott or I like

each other. After a 5-week

break from Parliament, the

Opposition would prefer the

focus return to the carbon

price but time's running out to

do anything about its passage.

Consultations close next week and the legislation's introduced in the September

sittings. For now it's suggestions by some WA Liberals

that there be a royal

commission into climate that's got the Government amused. Maybe they'll do a

royal commission into whether the moon landing was faked. A parliamentary debate will have

to do. The resources boom in

the west is bypassing some of

the first Australians. ABC News

has uncovered shocking cases of

dialysis patients and other

rough or living in small tents

near a Port Hedland hospital.

The accommodation options are limited

without access to water, food or sanitation. In the first of

a 3-part series on the human

cost of the mining bonanza Jeff

Waters visited the camps in the

shadow of the big new medical facility. In Australia's

commodities boom town lies this

country's most squalid waiting

room. On the outskirts metres from a public hospital

are a series of camps. Many of

the occupants require daily

dialysis or other medical treatment. They walk to get

their water and especially for a person that's on they need to have water and that. Their families gather

here to care for them though

alcohol abuse is rife. Beatrice

Simpson, who didn't want to be

interviewed on camera, says

she's been here for years

because she suffers chronic

lung problems and diabetes.

Donald Thomas is a Port Hedland local whose dialysis. He says they've been

on a State housing waiting on a State housing waiting list

for 3 years. It's because of

the mining boom. They get housing straight away. They

don't look at us, you know.

We've got sick people, we've

got sick people to care for. A

new federally funded hostel is

being built not far away but it

will take months to complete.

Troy Buswell is the WA can stay with family and

friends, a lot of them as you

point out are in accommodation

that's not of a suitable

standard. This big building

behind me may seem like the answer but just up the street

here is a smaller existing

hostel. Now the people camping

tell me they don't want to live

there because it's too

expensive and because they feel

like they'd be trapped in an

institution for the rest of

their lives rather than

spending their time in a home

of their own. For some people

that may

you will find in the context of

accommodation options in Port

Hedland it's reasonable value

for money. Now, we're working hard hard to provide options for

people. But it appears those

options for now remain limited. options for now remain limited.

We're often reassured about

the strength of the Australian

economy but many people are

still struggling to make ends

meet and an increasing number

are turning to welfare services to

to get by. The of community and welfare groups

shows that while more services

were delivered compared to the

previous year, there was a

sharp rise in people seeking

help. Cassandra Goldie is the

CEO of the Australian Council

of Social Service. This year in

the last year we saw a 12%

increase in the level of

assistance that our sector has

been providing to people who

have been in need and as well

as that, as you say, we've seen

a major increase, 20%, in just one year in the number of people overall who are being

turned away. As you said a lot

of people who seek welfare are

in jobs, whether full-time or part-time, but still they can't cope? Look, overall our services around the country

reported that about 50% of

people coming to seek

assistance were in some form of

paid work. Now I want to be

very careful here because it

could well be that those people

are really only working a few

hours a week. This is the face of underemployment and the

number of people who, even though they have been in some

form of paid work they still

can't meet basic costs. It's a

very particular very particular part of this

story which is well known about

the problem we have of the availability of low-cost housing.

housing. Housing costs have

been a major part of the

pressure on individuals and

families to make ends meet and

the message for us out of this

survey is on the one hand we

must ensure adequate basic individuals, whether or not

you're in paid work, and on the

other hand to make sure that we

continue to invest in expand

ing the availability of low-cost housing and tackling some of the tax arrangements

that we think are pushing housing prices upwards. This

survey was conducted at the end

of last year and since then

certainly in Australia there

have been major events which

mean many more people will

potentially be turning to

welfare this year? Well look,

just earlier last week I was up

in Queensland talking to some of our ground there. Of course they

are definitely dealing with not

only the picture of the down

turn from the global financial

crisis in 2009 but obviously the

the major pressures for families and individuals

following the floods there. One

of the messages for us today is

we know there's a live discussion in Australia right

now about how we're going to

weather what looks like a very

turbulent global economic

situation. As we need to make

very smart decisions about our

economic management as a

country, we that we're not looking to cut

essential community services

but on the other hand looking

for where we can make the

saving. There are savings that

could be found with some of the tax arrangements that are about

wealth creation where really

it's not contributing to the stimulus in the economy that we need right now. Cassandra

Goldie, thank you. Thank you

very much. The man who shot

dead 69 people in Norway 3

weeks ago has returned to the

scene of the crime. Dressed in

a red tethered Anders Breivik

reenacted the shootings for

police on the island of Utoya.

Even sem - simulated firing

into the waters where

victims were killed trying to

flee. The 8-hour visit has triggered fierce debate within

Norway but it's been defended

by police.

TRANSLATION: Our presumptions

that his presence on the that his presence on the island would help his memory were

totally right. We got a lot of

new information about what happened. Police say the

32-year-old who's admitted the

attacks but denies

guilt, showed no remorse. The

riots are over, the raids

continue but here's a new

battle ground in Britain.

Police commanders criticised Prime Minister David

Cameron's plans to bring in a

top American police adviser and

they're rejecting claims the

Government's played a role in

devising anti-riot tactics as

the ABC's Norman Hermant reports from London. The reports from London. The raids

keep coming, so far nearly

3,000 people have been arrested

in connection with last riots. Police are fighting to

bring looters to justice and

they're skirmishing with the

Government too. The mayor of London

London has joined them warning

again now is not the time for

police budget cuts. The case I

make to Government and I'm

going to continue to make is

that numbers matter and I think

that the numbers we got on the

street of London now, they're

up on when I came in, but it's

vital that we keep them high

and that we keep public

confidence. Police are also

from the Government that it was responsible for responsible for boosting

officer numbers to quell the

riots. The officers that were

deployed in those early did the best job they could

with the resources available to

them. I think for the Prime

Minister and home secretary to say the police got the tactics

wrong is quite frankly

disquusing - disgusting. There's no shortage

of those seeking to explain all

of this. Some like noted

historian David Starky have

ventured into St Sensitive areas of race and class. Here he refers to Cavs. British

slang for the young uneducated

working class. What's happened

is that the substantial section

of the chavs that you wrote

about have become black. The

whites have become black. A

particular sort of violent,

destructive gangster culture

has become the fashion. Utterly outrageous

what you're saig. What you're

doing is equating black culture with criminality. Many are already saying that Mr Starky

will pay a heavy price for his comments. Considering the

intensity of post political sparring, he may not

be the only one. New Zealand

is being lashed by a is being lashed by a polar

blast described by some

forecasters as a once in a

lifetime event. Snow fell to

sea level in Wellington, a rare

sight for locals. The falls

were heavier on surrounding hills. In the south island blizzard conditions Triggered a

spate of

had to embark on a long trudge

to work though not everyone was fully geared out for the

task. I don't own any pants, that's about it. Just hard up

apprentice. Yeah, so just wear

shorts all the time. The icy blast forced the cancellation

of scores of flights and cut

major highways. Forecasters

expect the cold spell to last

until at least the middle of

the week. Retailers

that consumers could soon be paying more for everything from food to fashion because of

changes to the Eftpos

transaction fee. From October Eftpos payments Australia will

move the 5 cent charge for using Eftpos from the customer's bank to the

retailers bank. Under the

current system the customer's

bank pays the 5 cent charge to

use Eftpos. Already struggling

retailers say they can't afford

to cover the extra charge so

does that mean shoppers will

have to? Ingrid Just is from

consumer group Choice. It's a really good question. I think

there are a lot of unknowns at

the moment. We don't know if

the retailers' banks on that fee to retailers and we

don't know if the retailers

themselves will decide to

absorb the cost or pass that on

to consumers. So at the moment

the customers' bank, the way

things are right now the

customers' bank pays the 5 cent

charge to the retailers' bank

who then the new scheme the customers'

bank won't have to pay that 5

cent charge. So given the

amount of times we all use

Eftpos per year that's

be a major savings for all our

banks. Can we expect to see any

of ha dr dsh that or is that

just an empty hope? Again, we

don't know at this point in

time. What we do know is that

50% of card transactions are

via Eftpos and it low-cost alternative to visa and Mastercard. It's the

consumer's card and in order

for Eftpos to keep up with technology and security

elements that it needs, Eftpos

is saying that they do need to

change their fee structure.

Again, it's a big unknown at

this point in time to see as to

where the flow on of fees will

be, who will absorb them and

who may have to pay what is very small fee, 5 cents, for transactions over $15. But

given the fact, as you say, 50% of people do use it of people do use it to pay for

things, it's going to amount to

an awful lot ? Look, it is an

awful lot. But there needs to

be a viable alternative to visa

and Mastercard where consumers

have a low-cost secure payment

method via a card and so that

is where Eftpos can be that

viable alternative. Now with these changes these changes in interchange

fee arrangements there is still many

many question marks as to how

they will play out and as to

who will be wearing or absorbing those costs. Injid

Just, thank you. New car sales

are up. Figures from Canberra

show more than 84,000 cars rolled out of showrooms in

July. A rise of about 8.5% on

the month before. Let's go to

some other news in business.

One of Australia's largest

electricity providers say it's

experiencing a historic cut in

household demand for power.

Ausgrid is having a 2.4% drop.

The customer says rising power

bills have forced to switch to energy efficient hot water

systems and light bulb s. And the world bank president has

warned that the economic woes in the United

States and Europe have pushed

the world into a new danger

zone. Robert Zoellick says a lack of confidence in America's

economic leadership during the

debt ceiling impasse with the

US congress was largely

responsible for the recent

heavy falls on global share

markets. Let's take a check now

of the markets. It's been a

strong start to the new trading

week? It has. After last week's

big swings the market is

managing to head higher in a

relatively straight line today

and that's as

for cheap stocks. The All Ords

index is up 85 points or 2%,

and the ASX 200 is gaining the

same amount. The energy producers and the

are out in front recovering

some recent losses. The

country's biggest miner BHP

Billiton has rallied around 4%.

Its rival Rio Tinto is gaining

3% and oil and gas producer Woodside has jumped 4%. Newcrest Mining's full year

results are out? That's right.

The gold miner has

63% jump in its annual profit

to $980 million. The result's

been driven by higher gold

prices and comes despite weather-related disruption s at

the start of the year but a 1%

fall in gold prices overnight

is weighing on Newcrest shares

today. They're down 2%. Smaller

producer El Derado is off

3.5%. Things aren't too good at Leighton Holdings? No, they've

made a loss of almost $409

of June. That's down from its $612 million profit a year ago

but it is in line with

Leighton's updated forecast

which was provided

market just over a week ago. It

blames losses associated with

the Brisbane airport link

project and the Victorian

desalination project. But it is

maintaining its earnings guidance for the current

financial year so its share

price is managing to gain

around 7%. Well a check now of

the domestic market's other big

movers in the ASX

Thank you, Alicia. To the

week ahead on Wall Street and

traders will be hoping for an

end to the turmoil after the worst 3 weeks on the markets

for 2.5 years. Housing and

manufacturing reports are due

in the next few days and big

retailers, including Wal-Mart,

are set to

It was a shocking night on

Victorian roads with 2 men

killed and 3 others badly

injured in separate crashes.

About 60 kilometres south of

Melbourne one man died and 2

others were seriously injured

when two cars collided just

evening a 54-year-old man was

killed after his car ran off

the road and became wedged

between trees. Ambulance

officers tried to treat the

trapped driver while volunteers

worked to free him. Unfortunately the gentleman was deceased upon extrication

from the vehicle. So yeah, very

tragic. And police are

investigating whether speed contributed to a collision

between a motorbike and a

4-wheel drive. The motorcyclist is fighting for his life in

hospital. Questions have been raised about a warning given to concert goers shortly before

yesterday's deadly stage

collapse in the US mid west. 5

people were killed and scores

injured when a freak

injured when a freak gust

brought down scaffolding on

country music fans. I saw people running and the people running and the next

thing you know and you look back and there's people

underneath the stage trying to

get out. Onlookers headed to

the stage for help in the

chaotic aftermath in one case lifting debris off injured. People who simply

pitched in. The character that

we associate with our State,

you don't have to be paid to do you don't have to be paid to do it. Concert organisers are under pressure to explain why

the site wasn't evacuated when

music fans were warned of

approaching thunderstorms two minutes before the collapse. The area near Japan's stricken

nuclear power plant is looking

more like a dead zone every day. Parents are either packing

up their children and sending

them away or keeping them inside to reduce the chance of contamination from radioactive

fall out. Mark Willacy reports

from Fukushima City, 60

kilometres from the power

station. Before the nuclear

meltdown the children of Sakura

nursery school would spend much

of their time playing of their time playing outside

but after a cent test of 10

children found radioactive

substances in all of them banned.

TRANSLATION: We were also

shocked from our monitoring

that this school was one of the

most 26 contaminated sites in

all of Fukushima preck feck chur so we immediately got rid

of all the top soil. Every day

now principle Saito takes a

Geiger counter out into the

play ground to take radiation readings. The contamination

level has fallen since the soil

was remove bud near the play

equipment it's nearly off the

scale. 3 months ago Akiko Yoshida gave

second child, a little boy she

named Keigo. Living just 60 kilometres from the crippled

Fukushima plant

whether to stay or take her family and leave. TRANSLATION: There have been

news reports that radioactive

seize yum has been found in

some mother's breast milk. Since the disaster

thousands of children have been

moved out of this prefecture

but most parents here don't have the pack up their families and

leave. Back at the Sakura

nursery school it's time for a

quick dip. Even though the

water is changed daily, the

kids are only allowed into pool for a few minutes. For parents, teachers and students

alike there's a feeling they've been abandoned.

TRANSLATION: Children and

babies are said to be

vulnerable to vaidation - radiation but the authorities

have moved too slowly to help

schools. One measure taken by

the Government was to radiation limit from 1 to 20

millisieverts a year. A move

that did nothing to reassure

anxious parents or teachers.

Let's have a quick look at

other stories making news

around the world. Officials in

the port city of Dalian in

north-eastern China say a local

chemical plant will be moved after complaints about pollution. Thousands of

residents gathered in the city

to protest against the factory

which produces plastics and

wishers have turned out in

Burma as prodemocracy leader

Aung San Suu Kyi tested the

limits of her freedom by taking

her first political trip

outside the capital.

Australia's Casey Stoner has

won the Moto GP event in the

Czech Republic extending his

lead in the championship to 32

points. Stoner started from

third but took the lead on the

second lap when poll sitter

Dani Pedrosa crashed. The

25-year-old dominated the rest of line for his 6th grand prix

victory of the season. I was a

little bit worried going into

the race about how competitive

we were going to be. We pretty much just took a shot in the

dark and tried something for

the race. And 25-year-old

American rookie Keegan Bradley

has won the US PGA in Georgia.

He beat compatriot Jason Dufner

in a 3-hole play off. To the

weather now and the satellite

shows thick cloud being drawn

across southern Australia by a

cold front. through WA generated along a

trough and cloud approaching

south-west WA with another

strong front. A powerful cold

front should surge east wards bringing rain and strong winds to

to South Australia. Strong

northerly winds and rain ahead

of a front will spread over

Tasmania, Victoria and western

NSW. A high should direct

moist, easterly winds over

southern WA causing isolated showers. And around the capital s:

A final check of the markets:

That's the news for now. There's continuous news on ABC

News 24 and there's also news

online. Our next full bulletin

on ABC 1 is at 7:00 this

evening. I'm Ros Childs, have a great afternoon. Closed Captions by CSI